Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl hailed a significant point for his side following the 1-1 draw with Watford in the Premier League at Vicarage Road.
It was a lightening start for Hasenhüttl’s men, who went ahead after just 7.69 seconds, after Shane Long struck the quickest Premier League goal in history.
That looked to be winner, with Saints also creating countless chances to double the advantage before the break, but despite Andre Gray striking late to salvage a draw for the hosts, Saints are now on 37 points and six points clear of Cardiff.
“It’s a very important point for us. If you look at the table we are now six points ahead of Cardiff which is massive for us. Now with a home game against Bournemouth we can make the last step.
“I think the team deserved to take a point today, minimum. We had a fantastic first-half with a lot of chances, Watford had one I think.
“We were really sharp from the first second on and I think it was a good performance and a good reaction from Saturday.
“We had a good second-half in Newcastle so we believe in what we’re doing. It was important today to send a signal from the first second. The goal from Shane was the best signal that we could send.”